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Stamkos Traded To Montreal

For the majority of the summer the Habs were looking for a true star player to lead the team towards a potential cup run this season. The Habs had a solid 3 line team in their opinion but they felt that they were missing a player that could put the team on their back and win a series single handedly for them.

Enter Steven Stamkos.

The Habs had interest in Stamkos for the majority of the offseason but wanted to see how ufa played out before acquiring him. Stamkos adds a true superstar to the Habs that they have lacked since Ovie was traded in the 2018 offseason. Stamkos looks to center a line with Tkachuk on his left and Forsberg on his right. This line has a bit of everything, high power scoring, two-way ability, and grit.

“He’s obviously a huge add to the team” said GM MacPherson when asked about adding Stamkos. “We came within one game of the finals and we believed we would’ve made it if we had a bit more firepower and he brings just that”.

Even with the add of Stamkos the Habs aren’t the team to beat in the east, but they are for sure a contender who could come out of the east.

 

Habs Making Moves, Bring In Ellis, Nelson and Coleman

Ryan Ellis_1

This past season the Habs made a Cinderella run to the eastern conference finals, playing in 3 game 7’s along the way the Habs bet heavyweight teams such as the Hurricanes and Bolts before losing 3-2 in game 7 to the eventual champions the Tampa Bay Lighting. The Habs were without Forsberg that game and they could’ve possibly made the finals if he hadn’t gotten injured in game 6. After coming so close to the cup finals again the Habs have shown that they are hungry to get back making some big moves.

The biggest move out of them all was bringing in Ryan Ellis from the Sabres. Ellis is an offensive dynamo and looks to be the Habs #1 d-man heading into next season. The Habs had to part with Rasmus Sandin and pick 27 to make this happen but for such a high calibre d-man on a sweetheart contract it was a deal that puts the Habs into a really good situation financially.

Brock Nelson_1

One of the first deals that was made by the Habs this offseason was acquiring Brock Nelson. The big bodied sniper will be one of the Habs biggest goal scoring threats this season. The Habs had to give up Kupari for Nelson but were able to upgrade their Arizona 5th 2020 to Boston’s 3rd in 2020(more on this pick in a bit). Nelson will have some very good playmakers feeding him passes so it’s easy to see him excelling in a Habs uniform.

Blake Coleman_1

Another big bodied goal scorer, Coleman was brought in earlier today by the Habs to fill a 2nd line scoring role for the team. Unlike Nelson however, Coleman is a pretty good defender and brings a lot of sandpaper to his game. Coleman will likely see pk ice-time at some point and he’s a guy that will cause the opposing team to keep their heads on a swivel to avoid receiving a massive hit.

Derrick Brassard

The final deal of significance to Montreal’s title hopes next year is acquiring Brassard for his second stint in a Habs uniform. Brassard was traded in the offseason for Ryan Kesler right before Montreal won their GVFHL cup. Brassard will play a 4th line grinding role and has the ability to chip in a goal here and there.

While the Habs don’t have a Crosby or Ovie level superstar on their team they are still a deep squad. They look to be a physical two-way squad next year as they try to use the same formula that won them their first cup. One thing is for certain, Habs GM Blake MacPherson is far from done with this team and he will continue to mould this team into a championship calibre team.

Montreal Wins Game 7, Head To 3rd ECF in 4 years

Murray

Matt Murray stood tall and stopped 24 shots to get the shutout and led the Habs to a 4-0 win game 7 win on enemy ice. Murray hasn’t been the most consistent goalie for the Habs during this run but when the chips are down he has come up big for them. Another player who came to play was star trade deadline acquisition Filip Forsberg who scored his 9th goal of the playoffs and assisted on Craig Smith’s goal which eventually turned out to be the game winning goal.

Next up on the schedule for the Habs is a series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts have a really nice mix of physical, skilled, two-way, and vet players which makes them an insanely hard club to match up with. There is hope in Montreal that they can pull this off as they beat 2 of the best teams in the league in Carolina and Toronto, both of these teams outperformed Tampa during the season but of course this is the playoffs and the regular season means shit, but nonetheless both Carolina and Toronto were among the top contenders for the title in the league. The big concern for the Habs is if they can keep getting players like Foligno and Boyle to keep playing at a higher than normal level to help out Forsberg and Tkachuk. With Tampa having a very sound and physical d-core there are not going to be a ton of high quality chances. The X-factor might be if Montreal’s blueline can continue to be an offensive force as they have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest scoring d-men in the playoffs.

Congrats to Adam for a well built team and a great season! And good luck to Chris, please be gentle with my team!